There were eight first-time starters, four each on offense and defense for Alabama. The offensive starters were left tackle Chris Capps, left guard Antoine Caldwell, right guard Mark Sanders, and tight end Nick Walker.
The first time defensive starters were defensive end Wallace Gilberry, defensive tackle Justin Britt, strongside linebackeer Terrence Jones, and left cornerback Simeon Castille. Jones started because middle linebacker Freddie Roach was injured covering a punt. DeMeco Ryans moved to middle and Jones started in Ryans' normal strongside slot. Castille started in place of Ramzee Robinson, who has nursed a sore back through much of fall camp. Robinson did see action in the game, although his string of 13 consecutive starts ended.
Four men who dressed and did not play were suspended for the opening game. They are placekicker Jamie Christensen, quarterback Mark Guillon, strong safety Marcus Carter, and halfback Aaron Johns.
Right offensive guard Marlon Davis was the first true freshman to see action in the game, coming in on the third series. Other true freshmen playing were halfbacks Glen Coffee and Jimmy Johns, quarterback John Parker Wilson, , tight ends Travis McCall and Charles Hoke, defensive end Bobby Greenwood, and safeties Cory Reamer and Chris Keys (Reamer and Keys both on special teams).
Alabama used 25 on offense, 21 on defense, and 13 just on special teams. Here are those who played with starters listed first and the number of plays in parenthesis. If there are two numbers, the second is the number of plays on special teams. Some played more than one position, such as Tim Castille at both halfback and fullback, Cody Davis at both left and right tackles, Jeffrey Dukes at both safety positions plus serving as the nickel back.
Split End–Matt Caddell (27-3), Zeke Knight (9-15), Keith Brown (32)
Left Tackle–Chris Capps (50-4), Cody Davis (24-1)
Left Guard–Antoine Caldwell (50-3), Justin Moon (12-2)
Center–JB Closner (50), Taylor Britt (12)
Right Guard–Mark Sanders (20), Marlon Davis (42-5)
Right Tackle–Kyle Tatum (50-5)
Tight End–Nick Walker (37-5), Travis McCall (21-8), Charles Hoke (3)
Quarterback–Brodie Croyle (50), John Parker Wilson (12)
Halfback–Kenneth Darby (32), Glen Coffee (13), Jimmy Johns (6-9)
Fullback–LéRon McClain (29-11), Tim Castille (26), Vic Horn (7)
Flanker–D.J. Hall (38-4), Tyrone Prothro (30-11)
Right End–Mark Anderson (25), Keith Saunders (13), Chris Harris (12)
Tackle–Justin Britt (20), Jeremy Clark (16)
Nose Tackle–Rudy Griffin (20), J.P. Adams (6), Dominic Lee (9)
Left End–Wallace Gilberry (30), Bobby Greenwood (10)
Strongside Linebacker–Terrence Jones (28-12)
Middle Linebacker–DeMeco Ryans (43-3), Matt Collins (13-8)
Weakside Linebacker–Juwan Simpson (35-3), Demarcus Waldrop (10-14)
Left Cornerback–Simeon Castille (24-9), Ramzee Robinson (24-2)
Right Cornerback–Anthony Madison (42-7),
Strong Safety–Charlie Peprah (45-8)
Safety–Roman Harper (43-2), Jeffrey Dukes (27-16)
Punter–Jeffrey Aul (3)
Placekicker–Ryan Saxby (5 KO, 2 FG, 3 PAT)
Snapper–Drew Lane (3 P, 2 FG, 3 PAT)
Coverage and Returns–Marcel Stamps (16), Freddie Roach (1), Cory Reamer (3), Lionel Mitchell (5), Bryan Kilpatrick (2), Chris Keys (5), Matt Miller (13, including 5 as holder), Juke King (4), Rashad Johnson (15), Theo Townsend (13)